In TCM, the spleen is a major player of our digestive system. One of the properties of the spleen in TCM is that it needs to be kept warm, and it can be harmed by prolonged coldness. Taking cold food or drinks too often may cause immediate stomach discomfort or lingering digestive problems in the long run. Such effects are more prominent in innately yang deficient people, who often feel more comfortable taking warm food than cold food. Avoiding cold food or drinks is a quick and easy way to minimise unnecessary health complications.